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  • 1. 
    Anthony King's concept of "running scared" suggests that politicians
    • A. 

      Do too little campaigning because they are constantly governing.

    • B. 

      Do too little governing because they are perpetually campaigning.

    • C. 

      Work constantly to avoid media coverage.

    • D. 

      Make every effort to avoid public opinion.

    • E. 

      Both C and D


  • 2. 
    The Federal Election Commission
    • A. 

      Is a bipartisan body responsible for administering campaign finance laws and enforcing compliance with those laws.

    • B. 

      Is the Republican Party's watchdog organization, which monitors fundraising and spending by Democratic candidates.

    • C. 

      Tabulates and certifies the votes in all federal elections.

    • D. 

      Administers all elections in the United States from school board to president with a staff of 160,000.

    • E. 

      Is a nonpartisan political organization that has sought for over fifty years to reform campaign financing.


  • 3. 
    Which of the following functions do elections LEAST serve?
    • A. 

      Providing legitimacy to the political system

    • B. 

      Selecting public officials

    • C. 

      Connecting citizens to government officials

    • D. 

      Making and coordinating public policy

    • E. 

      Providing legitimacy to the political system


  • 4. 
    Which of the following functions do elections LEAST serve?
    • A. 

      Providing legitimacy to the political system

    • B. 

      Selecting public officials

    • C. 

      Connecting citizens to government officials

    • D. 

      Making and coordinating public policy

    • E. 

      Providing legitimacy to the political system


  • 5. 
    Daniel Smith argues that initiatives typically stem from
    • A. 

      Responsive elected officials, working in a coalition.

    • B. 

      Broad public demand for the policy.

    • C. 

      The actions of a dedicated policy entrepreneur.

    • D. 

      The natural emergence of policy issues.

    • E. 

      None of the above


  • 6. 
    Of the following, which is the most direct form of democracy?
    • A. 

      Presidential election

    • B. 

      Referendum

    • C. 

      Recall

    • D. 

      Initiative

    • E. 

      Direct primary


  • 7. 
    The election of 1800 was
    • A. 

      Decided by the House of Representatives.

    • B. 

      Decided by the full Congress.

    • C. 

      Decided by the Electoral College.

    • D. 

      Decided by the direct vote of the people.

    • E. 

      Overturned by the Supreme Court.


  • 8. 
    What was the focus of the election of 1896?
    • A. 

      Slavery

    • B. 

      World War I

    • C. 

      The Great Depression

    • D. 

      Economics

    • E. 

      The religious beliefs of Jefferson


  • 9. 
    Aside from overturning the Florida Supreme Court, what did the Supreme Court rule in Bush v. Gore (2000)?
    • A. 

      That more precise and consistent standards for evaluating ballots would have to be applied in all counties for ballot recounts to be valid.

    • B. 

      That a state recount would always be required when an outcome was in question.

    • C. 

      That Florida must streamline all of its voting procedures by 2004.

    • D. 

      That the goal of more consistent and precise voting standards was realistic on the state level but not necessarily on the national level.

    • E. 

      That all ballots and election materials must be exactly the same across the country.


  • 10. 
    Which of the following is TRUE about American elections over the past 100 years?
    • A. 

      The suffrage has narrowed, and the turnout has increased.

    • B. 

      Suffrage has broadened, but there has been no change in turnout.

    • C. 

      The suffrage has broadened, and the turnout has decreased.

    • D. 

      The suffrage has narrowed, and the turnout has decreased.

    • E. 

      The suffrage has broadened, and the turnout has increased.


  • 11. 
    Which of the following statements about voting is FALSE?
    • A. 

      It might be rational to spend time becoming informed, deciding who to vote for, and turning out on Election Day.

    • B. 

      In many cases, your vote will not make a difference to the outcome of the election.

    • C. 

      The costs of voting frequently outweigh the benefits of voting.

    • D. 

      If there is little difference in the policy positions of the candidates, it is not rational to vote.

    • E. 

      None of the above


  • 12. 
    What new way to register to vote was implemented with the passage of the Motor Voter Act?
    • A. 

      In an approved drive-through motor vehicle' bureau.

    • B. 

      By filling out a form that is driven to your house.

    • C. 

      After you take driver's education classes.

    • D. 

      By checking a box on your license application or renewal form.

    • E. 

      When you buy or lease a car, by checking off a voter registration form.


  • 13. 
    Political efficacy refers to the belief that
    • A. 

      The costs of voting outweigh the benefits.

    • B. 

      One should always support democratic government.

    • C. 

      Significant policy differences exist between parties.

    • D. 

      Government is very inefficient and needs to be streamlined.

    • E. 

      Ordinary people can influence the government.


  • 14. 
    Which of the following countries has the lowest voter turnout rate?
    • A. 

      Australia

    • B. 

      France

    • C. 

      United States

    • D. 

      Bulgaria

    • E. 

      Italy


  • 15. 
    Which of the following characteristics would make one more likely to vote in an election?
    • A. 

      Having a low income

    • B. 

      Being a college student

    • C. 

      Being a welfare recipient

    • D. 

      Having a college degree

    • E. 

      Being a young adult


  • 16. 
    The mandate theory of elections is the idea that
    • A. 

      A candidate must get at least 75 percent of the vote to win.

    • B. 

      A candidate must get at least sixty percent of the vote to win.

    • C. 

      The election winner has authorization from voters to carry out his or her promised policies.

    • D. 

      In order to improve turnout rates in the United States, voting must be made a legal requirement of all citizens, with failure to vote resulting in a small fine.

    • E. 

      A candidate must get a majority of the votes cast (fifty percent plus one) in order to take office.


  • 17. 
    Which of these is the least important dimension of a candidate's image?
    • A. 

      Integrity

    • B. 

      Intelligence

    • C. 

      Reliability

    • D. 

      Competence

    • E. 

      Experience


  • 18. 
    Research on voting behavior has shown that
    • A. 

      Policy voting has become harder than in the past.

    • B. 

      A candidate's image is not as important today as it was in the past.

    • C. 

      Americans tend to identify with the underdog.

    • D. 

      Party identification has become more important in voting decisions.

    • E. 

      Policy voting has become somewhat easier than in the past.


  • 19. 
    Studies have shown that during the 1960s and 1970s,
    • A. 

      Large numbers of people who had been eligible to vote but never voted surged into the electorate.

    • B. 

      Voting according to political party identification increased.

    • C. 

      Political party identification no longer affected voting behavior.

    • D. 

      The hold of the parties on voters eroded substantially.

    • E. 

      Democrats voted along party lines more than Republicans.


  • 20. 
    The "electors" in the Electoral College are
    • A. 

      Selected by state parties, usually as a reward for faithful service to the party over the years.

    • B. 

      The members of the House from each state, who vote strictly according to who won the majority of their district's votes.

    • C. 

      The members of Congress from each state, who vote strictly according to who won the majority of their state's votes.

    • D. 

      Selected by state legislatures well in advance of the presidential election, and each elector votes his or her own conscience as to who would be the best president.

    • E. 

      A bipartisan group of political scientists, public officials, jurists, and other respected individuals chosen by the governor of each state.


  • 21. 
    Retrospective voting refers to voting for
    • A. 

      Different parties and candidates election after election.

    • B. 

      A candidate who promises to continue policies that have made you feel better off.

    • C. 

      A candidate because of his or her past stands on the issues.

    • D. 

      The same party and candidates election after election.

    • E. 

      Candidates for nostalgic reasons because they promise to return the country to some golden age in its past.


  • 22. 
    While the threat of electoral punishment constrains policymakers, it also helps to increase generalized support for
    • A. 

      Incumbents who have done a good job.

    • B. 

      Individualistic, rather than, collective policy solutions.

    • C. 

      The private sector.

    • D. 

      Government and its powers.

    • E. 

      Unelected government officials in the bureaucracy.


  • 23. 
    Individuals who believe that they can influence government are also more likely to believe
    • A. 

      That elections should be held more often.

    • B. 

      That government should have more power.

    • C. 

      That the courts should be a much smaller part of the governmental system.

    • D. 

      That government should be cut back.

    • E. 

      That the president should have more power.


  • 24. 
    In the 1976 case of Buckley v. Valeo, the Supreme Court ruled that
    • A. 

      The limitation on the amount of money people could contribute to their own election campaigns was not a violation of free speech, and was constitutional.

    • B. 

      Congressional and state legislative districts must be of equal population and reapportioned every ten years.

    • C. 

      The limitation on the amount of money persons could contribute to their own election campaigns violated free speech, and was unconstitutional.

    • D. 

      Presidential election campaigns could not be paid for by tax dollars.

    • E. 

      The forced disclosure of contributions to federal elections violated freedom of association, and was therefore unconstitutional.


  • 25. 
    What does a presidential candidate have to do to qualify for federal matching funds?
    • A. 

      Raise $5,000 on their own in at least 20 states.

    • B. 

      Win the nomination.

    • C. 

      Win three primaries.

    • D. 

      Get 100,000 signatures in their support in at least five states.

    • E. 

      Raise $50,000 on their own in all states collectively.


  • 26. 
    The McCain-Feingold Act of 2002 did all of the following EXCEPT
    • A. 

      Banned soft money contributions.

    • B. 

      Increased the amount that individuals could give to candidates from $1,000 to $2,000.

    • C. 

      Indexed the limit on individual contributions to inflation for future years.

    • D. 

      Barred groups from running "issue ads" within 60 days of a general election if they refer to a federal candidate and are not funded through a PAC.

    • E. 

      None of the above


  • 27. 
    Soft money consists of money
    • A. 

      That is illegally given to a campaign.

    • B. 

      That individuals contribute to their own campaign.

    • C. 

      For voter registration drives and campaign material at the grass-roots level.

    • D. 

      Provided through public financing.

    • E. 

      Given directly to a candidate.


  • 28. 
    In its 2004 ruling the FEC ruled that 527 groups
    • A. 

      Were not subject to strict contribution restrictions so long as their political messages did not make explicit endorsements of candidates using phrases like "vote for" or "vote against."

    • B. 

      Were subject to strict contribution restrictions.

    • C. 

      Were permitted to make explicit endorsements of candidates so long as they were not in the form of negative ads.

    • D. 

      Both A and C

    • E. 

      Both B and C


  • 29. 
    Critics of the PAC system are concerned that
    • A. 

      Only the largest and most powerful interest groups can afford to form PACs.

    • B. 

      They tend to support only Republican candidates.

    • C. 

      PACs are too weak and ineffective to contribute to a strong democracy.

    • D. 

      PACs may control what the electoral winners do once in office.

    • E. 

      PACs are not regulated.


  • 30. 
    According to Herbert Alexander's "doctrine of sufficiency,"
    • A. 

      There is a minimum amount of money that candidates must spend to have a chance at winning.

    • B. 

      The wealthier candidate always wins.

    • C. 

      In order to win, a candidate must have more money than his or her opponent.

    • D. 

      Candidates with large personal fortunes are almost guaranteed victory, unless their opponent is of roughly equal net worth.

    • E. 

      A candidate's sense of self-worth, not money, is most important to a successful campaign.


  • 31. 
    Campaigns strengthen voter commitment to the usual party or the candidate they previously supported by emphasizing __________ as part of their campaign strategy.
    • A. 

      Reinforcement

    • B. 

      Direct mail

    • C. 

      Persuasion

    • D. 

      Activation

    • E. 

      Conversion


  • 32. 
    Which of the following is true of modern campaigns?
    • A. 

      They involve much less communication between candidates and voters than America's founders ever imagined.

    • B. 

      They involve much more communication between candidates and voters than America's founders ever imagined.

    • C. 

      Candidates in modern campaigns make numerous promises during nominations and elections that would have jarred with the founders' notions of the public interest.

    • D. 

      Both B and C

    • E. 

      All of the above


  • 33. 
    The "candidate-centered age" refers to a system of modern campaigns that allows politicians to
    • A. 

      Decide on their own run for office.

    • B. 

      Build their own personal campaign organizations.

    • C. 

      Raise their own campaign funds.

    • D. 

      Make individual promises about what they will do once they are in office.

    • E. 

      All of the above.


  • 34. 
    In most advanced, industrialized countries, national campaigns
    • A. 

      Occur once every four years.

    • B. 

      Are longer than American elections.

    • C. 

      Are even less dignified than in the United States.

    • D. 

      Occur only once every seven years.

    • E. 

      Are limited by law to no more than two months.


  • 35. 
    The first presidential caucus of the campaign season is traditionally held in
    • A. 

      Minnesota.

    • B. 

      New Hampshire.

    • C. 

      California.

    • D. 

      Delaware.

    • E. 

      Iowa.


  • 36. 
    Today, most delegates to each major party's national convention are chosen by
    • A. 

      State presidential caucuses.

    • B. 

      State party chairpersons prior to any caucus or presidential primary.

    • C. 

      A lottery system.

    • D. 

      State presidential primaries.

    • E. 

      The previous national convention.


  • 37. 
    The opening up of the process to choose delegates to the Democratic National Convention in the immediate aftermath of 1968 was spearheaded by
    • A. 

      The Kerner Commission.

    • B. 

      The Warren Commission.

    • C. 

      President Johnson.

    • D. 

      An act of Congress.

    • E. 

      The McGovern-Fraser Commission.


  • 38. 
    Superdelegates
    • A. 

      Are each able to cast three votes at their national convention rather than the standard one vote.

    • B. 

      Are delegates uncommitted to a specific candidate.

    • C. 

      Are special delegates chosen by popular election.

    • D. 

      Have helped make the delegation more representative of the population.

    • E. 

      Have helped restore an element of peer review to the process of choosing a presidential candidate.


  • 39. 
    Which of the following is NOT a criticism of the current system of presidential primaries and caucuses?
    • A. 

      Money plays too big a role.

    • B. 

      Prominent officeholders find it difficult to take time from their current duties to run.

    • C. 

      The media do not have enough of a role in this process.

    • D. 

      Too much attention is paid to the early ones.

    • E. 

      Many candidates drop out before most states have held their primary or caucus.


  • 40. 
    Proponents of a national primary argue that it would do each of the following EXCEPT
    • A. 

      Increase interest in more states.

    • B. 

      No longer allow votes in one state to have more political impact than votes in another.

    • C. 

      Lengthen the time of the campaign.

    • D. 

      Concentrate media coverage and increase interest and understanding.

    • E. 

      Bring directness and simplicity to the nomination process.


  • 41. 
    Over the years, television coverage of national party conventions has
    • A. 

      Steadily increased.

    • B. 

      Shifted to local affiliate reporters focusing on their state delegations and away from the national network anchors.

    • C. 

      Been scaled back.

    • D. 

      Become more dramatic.

    • E. 

      Received increasingly high Nielsen ratings.


  • 42. 
    Traditionally, Iowa holds the first presidential primary to choose delegates to each party's national conventions.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 43. 
    The national party convention functions to select presidential and vice presidential candidates and to write a party platform.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 44. 
    Unlike party convention delegates prior to 1968, most of today's delegates to Democratic conventions have few ties to experienced politicians or the party organization.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 45. 
    The Democratic Party has been more preoccupied since 1968 with party efficiency and winning elections rather than with broadening representation in the party and opening up its process.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 46. 
    The recent tendency of states to hold primaries early in the calendar year in order to capitalize on media attention is called frontloading.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 47. 
    Candidate's policy positions receive more media attention than does their campaign strategy.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 48. 
    A political party's statement of its goals and policies over the next four years is called the party platform.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 49. 
    The internet has had its greatest impact on campaigns in the area of advertising.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 50. 
    The Federal Election Campaign Act of 1974 was extremely effective in limiting the influence of money on campaigns and elections.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 51. 
    527 groups cannot explicitly urge citizens to vote for or against a candidate.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 52. 
    California's proposition 13 is an example of an initiative petition.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 53. 
    Nearly 80 percent of the voting eligible population voted in the election of 1896.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 54. 
    Because Bush had won the 2000 election by such a narrow margin, he governed in a highly congenial, bipartisan manner, which strengthened his candidacy among Democrats in the 2004 election.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 55. 
    Rational people might decide that the costs of voting outweigh the benefits.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 56. 
    The Motor Voter Act made voter registration easier.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 57. 
    Less than 30 percent of the population votes.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 58. 
    Single people are more likely to vote than are married people.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 59. 
    It is possible to manipulate a candidate's appearance in a way that affects voters.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 60. 
    States are responsible for choosing their state electors.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 61. 
    The president and vice president are selected by the American people.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


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